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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Csm edition (April 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811874443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811874441
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jennifer Paganelli is the creator of Sis Boom fabrics, which has over eight lines with Freespirit and a line with Sunbrella. Her work has been featured in national publications including Real Simple and Country Living. She lives in Wilton, Connecticut.

Tim Geaney has photographed for Vogue, Glamour, InStyle, J.Crew, Nordstrom, and Polo Ralph Lauren, among others. He lives in Wilton, Connecticut.

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I bought this book to make some items for my daughter.
As a quilter, father of twin girls, and fan of Jennifer Paganelli's fabric lines (marketed under her Sis Boom brand), I was excited to check out this book.
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Excellent photography, easy to follow instructions and loads of patterns fill this wonderful book.
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102 of 102 people found the following review helpful By J. Lemley on April 25, 2011
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I received this book today and was immediately drawn to the bright hard cover tied with a pink bow. On first look through I love the envelope in the front for the patterns. Very convenient. The pictures and fabrics are all really bright and girly. There is a very comprehensive how-to section and all the projects seem to be beginner oriented. All of the directions have lots of visuals and nice step by step directions.

There are only 4 dress patterns, 2 apron patterns and 1 skirt pattern in sizes 2/3, 4/5, 6/7, 8/10, 12/14. The rest are accessories, toys and room decorations. So, if you are looking for a clothing sewing book for the little girl in your life you may want to check out some other books.

I can't fault the book for the lack of clothing patterns. It was more of a buyer error for not really looking at it before I bought it. The front of the book does say 21 sewing projects to make for little girls. I believed this to be a sewing book. The reason I am giving it 4 stars is because there are 4 completely no-sew projects and quite a few others that require very little sewing. This is mostly a crafting book - albeit a really fun one.

The projects are:

1. Mary's Sash Dress
2. Tallulah Halter Dress
3. Josie Dress
4. Agnes Tunic Dress
5. Sophie Glittered Apron
6. Georgia Tulle Ballet Skirt
7. Annabel Apron with Frilly Pocket
8. Hadley Headband
9. Penelope Ruffle-Top Purse
10. Chloe Paper Doll Overnight Bag
11. Girls' "Ambassador of Goodwill Badges
12. Fiona Fabric Flower Pin/Barrette
13. Bridget Banner with Pom-Poms
14. Gigi Ruffled Pillow
15. Willow Small Pillow with Pom-Poms
16. George the Puppy
17. Genevieve Patchwork Square Quilt
18. Olivia Floral Lamp Shade
19. Katie Eliza Canopy and Pinwheel Strands
20. Molly Patchwork Memory Board
21. Happy Birthday Banner
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Meleliza on September 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I love sewing girly, girly things! And this book certainly indulges me. Girls' World by Jennifer Paganelli is full of inspiration. It only actually includes 4 dresses: 2 party dresses, 1 tunic style dress and 1 halter style. I like the first three, but - and call me old fashioned if you like - I'm not crazy about this sexy halter top on little girls. The other projects include home décor and crafty items, some of which are sweet and some of which are sort of basic. The patterns are included in a handy little envelope, but the paper is a bit fragile and you still have to piece them together a little. Spiral binding would have made it easier to read instructions. Final garment measurements are not given, nor are line drawings. And since the instructions are word heavy and lacking in diagrams, you need to just cross your fingers that it will work out in the end. Still, I didn't have much trouble figuring out the tunic dress. The real interest in the book is the lush and fanciful styling of all these projects. You might wish you were a "tween" yourself again!

I tried the Agnes tunic dress and loved the design. There were, however, a few small problems with the pattern. There is no instruction given for how to set the sleeves. I added a row of basting stitches at the top of the sleeve cap and pulled them up to ease the cap into the armhole. This is a simple enough fix, but only if you've set a few sleeves before. There are no finished measurements given, only a guideline for sizing, so be sure to measure the pattern pieces. You can see my pictures and more details of the actual sewing here: [...]
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By PNWrez on May 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In the dreamy world little girls inhabit, closets are bursting with beautiful, brightly colored dresses with ruffles and bows and always with skirts made for twirling. Jennifer Paganelli has captured this ambience, like summer lightning bugs in a jar, and served it back up with style in her new book, Girl's World. Jennifer is one of the most popular fabric designers on the market today. We love her bright and bold collections, and have used and recommended her fabrics here at Sew4Home. When we heard she was coming out with her first book of sewing projects, we were very interested to see her how her talent for design would translate into garments. We were impressed and inspired.

Girl's World is a collection of twenty-one sewing projects to make for little girls. It includes dresses, fashion accessories, home décor items, even a few projects that require no sewing at all. The simple styles make full use of Paganelli's bright and cheery fabric designs. The projects are elegant and intricate in their design, yet can be made by even a beginning seamstress.

The book itself is beautiful enough to sit on your coffee table. Tim Green's luminous photography captures the magical world of little girls skipping, dancing, and otherwise showing off their much-loved, newly-made dresses. Nine included patterns fit neatly into a pouch at the front of the book. And, in a nice touch, the brightly-colored hardcover volume can be tied shut with bright pink ribbons.

The book starts with Paganelli's sewing tips and a basic glossary. Beginners will want to read this for sure, but I think everyone will find it informative and appreciate her sharing some of her time-tested methods. For instance, she has some good tricks for putting on binding.
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